When I was a kid, We vacationed at Disneyland once a year with family and friends. We’d pile in our woodie station wagon, overflowing with excitement, knowing we were heading to the happiest place on earth. The anticipation about killed us. A lingering 274 miles, which took 4 ½ hours by car from our home in Las Vegas, seemed a lifetime for us kids. When we finally arrived at the park we would literally run from ride to ride until the park closed, barely taking notice of our need for nourishment. Though sometimes, we would take a minute or two out of our quest to ride as many attractions as humanly possible in one day, and grab an ever coveted “Disneyland Pickle”. Oh how we enjoyed each and every bite. My mouth is watering as I attempt to write about it.
We usually had a few dollars for spending money so on our way out of the park, famished from eating very little, we would pick up one of those swirly suckers to eat on the way home. Sometimes our treasured lollypop would last the whole drive home, and for some of us, a few days beyond. Though for my sister Catherine, who had amazing self-discipline, would carefully protect and care for her lolly by taking calculated licks, so hers would last seemingly forever and sometimes until our next visit.
Our Disneyland trips are very different today. My husband has been very patient with me trying to help me “Disneyland” better, by experiencing all of it, not just the rides. He taught me to stop and smell the roses, literally. So now when we go to Disneyland we enjoy Main street, we go in the shops, we watch Steamboat Willie, we smash pennies, we watch the shows, and we eat. We actually sit down and eat in the restaurants and I must say, I have a new appreciation for the artistry of Disneyland and the creative genius of Walt.
Now that I have learned to “Do Disney” better, I’d like to share some of my “betters” with you.
First, the dill
I would be remiss if I didn’t start with my favored Disney treat of all time “The Disneyland Pickle.” Though some in my family would argue that the pickle has changed over the years, I still look forward to, and have to have, a Disneyland pickle everytime I visit. Now, they come in three different flavors, Sour, Spicy, and Regular dill. I personally prefer the Spicy, but you can choose for yourself.
Did you know there is a first pickle of the day button? Disneyland gives the button at the first fruit cart you encounter on main street. You have to get there as soon as the park opens and be the first to buy a pickle to get the button. Good luck! (Shout out to David W. who discovered this gem)
Next, the tangy
I had never heard of these until my brother John mentioned that this was his wife’s favorite treat.
The Mango with Tajin and Lime is really a refreshing treat. It has the perfect mix of sweet and spicy and with a squeeze of lime, gives it a splash of tang. Delicious and healthy! Sold at the Tropical Imports store across from The Jungle Cruise.
Bring on the sweets…
It’s been a tradition for our family to ride The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean when we first arrive in the park. It’s the best time to ride them without waiting in line. After we ride Pirates we traditionally stop at the French Market, tucked away in the corner of New Orleans Square, and pick up a bag or two of Beignets. These hot and fresh donut like pastries, are covered in powdered sugar. Definitely not the healthiest, but a perfect New Orleans style breakfast treat. We look forward to them every morning at the Disneyland Park. And they offer other flavors from time to time, such as the sweet and spicy watermelon and chili, the pirates anniversary golden beignet, and the current offering – butterscotch. This one actually rivals the original for us. Try pairing it with a mint julep for an authentic down south taste. This is a non-alcoholic fruit drink, safe for kids and refreshing at any time of the day.
This is a new love for me. The Matterhorn Macaroon is huge and rich, so believe me, you’ll want to share this with someone. This moist coconut macaroon is topped with white chocolate and sugar that represents the snow on top of the Matterhorn ride, after which it is so appropriately named. Even the coconut haters love this one, so if that’s you, don’t let it stop you from trying it 🙂
We love to pick these up at the end of the night to enjoy while waiting for the fireworks. They go well with a cup of hot chocolate!
You can find these at the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe on Main Street USA.
We fell so much in love with these when we discovered them, that we cant “Do Disney” without bringing a few extra home to enjoy later. These oversized granny smith apples are dipped in white chocolate, with a sugar and cinnamon cookie crumble bottom and marshmallow Mickey ears. You can buy these delicious Apple Pie Caramel Apples at The Candy Palace on Main Street USA, Pooh Corner in Adventure land, or Marceline’s Confectionary in Downtown Disney. Be sure and ask for a plastic knife “to go” for easy sharing.
I loved the way we did Disney as a kid, but the way we “Do Disney” now, is even more magical, and isn’t that the whole idea! Try these delicious, inexpensive treats, and I hope they enhance the magic for you and yours!
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